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  • Editing Team 12:27 on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Samsung to Launch Two Color Laser Printers with NFC Functionality 


    Samsung is going to launch two color laser printers with NFC functionality in the U.S. The products are the Xpress C410W color laser single-function printer, priced at $229, and the Xpress C460FW MFP color laser multifunction printer, priced at $399.

    NFC is still most common in cell phones and tablets. But no matter how much content moves online, everyone needs to print once in a while. NFC is supposed to make it easier for that print to happen through a simple touch, though there’s also an app involved, of course.

    Brother beat Samsung to the U.S. market with an NFC-equipped inkjet multifunction printer a few weeks ago, the MFC-J870DW, but Samsung’s are the first laser-based models to arrive here. The C410W is your basic, low-end color laser for a home or very small office. The C460FW MFP is based on the same engine but adds a scanner and automatic document feeder for copy, scan, and fax functions.

    Samsung isn’t stopping there. The company says that an NFC-equipped business printer will be coming in early 2014.

    To a large degree, NFC is a technology still seeking its destiny. At the same time, printers are doing their best to stay in the tech game. Adding NFC helps them keep pace, just as they all had to jump onto cloud printing a couple of years ago. For the moment, it’s a differentiator for these printers, but the truth is that unless near-field communication pops up in more products—and more services, it’s not going to get very far.

  • Editing Team 12:46 on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC in a Printer — Here Comes Brother MFC-J870dw 

    Broadcom-Brother-MFC-J870dw-NFC-printer-rfid-blogGlobal provider of semiconductor services, Broadcom has announced the MFC-J870dw printer, which combines NFC and Wi-Fi technology.

    The new Brother multi-function printers will enable consumers to securely tap their NFC and Wi-Fi enabled smart device to the printer, initiate print/scan mode operation and then utilize WLAN transmission to print the document or image. Other nice features on this model include ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, automatic duplexing, and the ability to print on specially coated CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray media. The two-year warranty is nice, too.

    Priced at $150, this color inkjet multifunctional printer will be available to consumers in July 2013.

    Major electronics companies like Samsung (which just announced a line of NFC-equipped lasers) and Sony are touting their growing lists of NFC-equipped devices, showing off exchanges of trinkets like photos, music, and videos. But NFC has yet to find its essential purpose, such as a payment vehicle. With Brother’s announcement of the MFC-J870dw, printers are joining the search for NFC’s killer app.

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